The State of the Region

For 16 years, LEAD has presented the Annual State of the Region Address, which provides the area’s premier review of our economy. Dr. James V. Koch, president emeritus of ODU, presents the address, based on the annual report produced by the ODU Regional Studies Institute. Originally an alumni event, the breakfast has become a major regional gathering of over 900 attendees.


BRAVO! A Celebration of Leadership

The Class of 2009 established the Visionary Awards to identify, acknowledge and celebrate our visionary regional leaders. These leaders exemplify the breadth and depth of civic responsibility and build collaborations across traditional boundaries for positive regional outcomes. 

Quarterly Leadership Breakfasts

For the past 28 years the LEAD Quarterly Breakfast Series has offered business and community leaders the opportunity to consider regional issues of importance and matters of leadership. Over the years, partnerships, collaborations and relationships have developed that have shaped our region. Featuring thought leaders and experts from around the region and the Commonwealth, the series is offered to the graduates of LEAD, our corporate and community partners and guests. Watch for event dates and scheduled discussion topics.

Join us on July 21st for our Alumni Quarterly Breakfast featuring, James V. Koch, President Emeritus, ODU as he presents "What's going on in Cuba?". Click here for more details!